Stuffing suet fat mix into old log to create a natural feeder for garden birds

Make a natural log feeder

Do it:

Jan, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Takes just:

30 minutes

At its best:

Jan, Feb, Dec

This easy-to-make log feeder offers birds a feast of energy-boosting seeds and fat. Over time, the log will rot down, providing a perfect habitat - and a food source - for lots of different insects, many of which would make a tasty snack for birds, too.

You will need

Log or thick branch of almost any size

Drill, drill bits and auger bits

Ready-made suet-and-seed block, or a mix of suet/fat and seets



Drill lots of holes of various sizes into the log, using a selection of drill bits and auger bits. Work along the full length, on all sides.

Push the fat and seed mix into all the drill holes. Then find a suitable site for the feeder where visiting birds won't be disturbed.

Dig a hole, deep enough for support your log. Stand the log upright in the hole, then backfill with soil, firming it down with your foot.


Kate Bradbury

Kate Bradbury says

If possible, use a log from a native tree, such as an oak or beech, growing in your garden or nearby. As it rots, it will attract beetles and other wood-boring insects, which have evolved alongside that tree. It’s a lovely symbiosis that happens all the time in the natural world, but which we can replicate in our gardens.

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